All Doggies in the Pool

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The Buhr Park pool that is. It's the 4th annual Dog Swim from 3 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4 and Wednesday, Sept. 5. Pre-registration is required, so get woofing and call 734.971.3228 to snag a spot for Spot.

The Renaissance Festival is in Full Swing!

Hear ye, hear ye! Be sure to check out the Michigan Renaissance Festival! It runs in Holly this year every weekend from August 18- September 30th and provides a day of entertainment for just about everyone! There are plenty of events, activities, and unique shopping experiences to draw in all sorts of people. This upcoming weekend features the Buccaneer Beer Fest. Argh! If you would like to attend the festivities in costume, feel free to check out one of the library's books on Renaissance clothing, such as Vecellio's Renaissance Costume Book by Cesare Vecellio.

A Camera To Call My Own

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Did you borrow a digital camera to take vacation pictures this summer? Are you ready to buy one for yourself but find the terminology confusing and the options in the digital camera market overwhelming? Then sign up for the Library’s class Buying a Digital Camera. Find out what a megapixel really is. Discover the difference between optical zoom and digital zoom. This free class will be held on September 17 at the Downtown Library in the third floor Computer Training Lab. Space is limited so register soon at any Branch or by calling 327-8367.

Pick a Parks & Rec Class Online

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Beginning August 20th, you can Register Online for Ann Arbor Parks & Rec classes, camps, and programs. TreeTown will be saving trees and money by printing fewer brochures (Fall/Winter 2007-2008 brochures will no longer be mailed to homes) so look for the full-color online version. While you’re on the P&R site be sure to check out the Canoe Liveries ~ Fall is the prettiest time for paddling the Huron.

Splish Splash at Buhr Park

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Or slip and slide into a pool of Jello, hang out with 100 rubber duckies, swing away at a giant shark pinata. There's something for everyone at the Buhr Park Summer Splash Day, Saturday, August 18th, 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. You don't have to register in advance, just grab your swimmies and head to the pool.

Let's Be Careful Out There

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Fire Danger is very high across Michigan right now. So make sure your campfires at our wonderful state parks are completely extinguished before your last verse of Kumbaya is sung. Then you can settle down in the tent with the Nick Adams stories, this year's Great Michigan Read choice.

Tour Washtenaw County's Heritage

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Crank up the Model A or the hybrid and discover our county's history on one of the Washtenaw County Heritage Tours. Download the beautiful full-color brochures that are packed with historical information, pictures and maps designed to take you back in time and get you back home effortlessly. The Ann Arbor District Libray's online Local History Collection will provide even more avenues for exploration.

Tracks, Trails and Tales in Michigan

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The beauty of the woods, the pull of the camp, the challenge of the hunt have been part of Michigan history since man first set foot here thousands of years ago. A-Hunting We Will Go: Deer Hunting in Michigan opens Aug. 4 at the Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing. The exhibit will tell the story of deer hunting in Michigan, with a glimpse at its beginnings and a focus on its development into the widespread pastime it is today. Hunters will have the opportunity to add their own buck-bagging stories to Michigan's whitetail lore, as the Michigan Oral History Association will invite hunters to share their personal accounts of hunting at the exhibit.

All Aboard

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For the National Train Show, the premiere model railroading event of the year at Cobo Hall, Detroit, July 27 - 29th. All of the latest and greatest model trains, accessories, collectibles, children's play area and the incredible LEGO MiniLand. The Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club and Rails on Wheels will be there and ready to help you get started building and running your own railroad.

Martha Stewart, scrapbooking maven

According to a recent article in The Economist (you will need to login to your AADL account to follow the link), a familiar figure is poised to take the scrapbooking world by storm: Martha Stewart. Her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, recently released a new line of scrapbooking supplies that will undoubtedly sell well and bear Stewart's characteristic sense of style.

Stewart comes relatively late to scrapbooking, which was a $2.6 billion industry in 2006, according to the Craft & Hobby Association. But her company's size and dedicated following still place it in a good position become a market leader.

Are you a scrapbooker? What do you think of Stewart's new products? Interested in getting into scrapbooking? Check out a few of our books on how to organize and display your family memories in scrapbooks.

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